Former Pantera vocalist recently touched on the band's classic effort "Cowboys From Hell," calling it a "misunderstood album" and remembering the hate group received back in the day.
Phil kicked off the Kaaos TV chat by discussing his new band the Illegals. "The Illegals are still unheard of, which is great," he said. "Can you see the greatness of it? Everything can grow and grow and grow. And I love, to a certain point, that the first record could be listened to one time and misunderstood."
Switching to Pantera, Anselmo noted, "You know what other record was misunderstood in Europe? 'Cowboys From Hell.' Nobody liked it, nobody got us. We toured with Judas Priest in 1990 and also '91, we were hated, we were hated. No one f--king liked us.
"However, when we put out 'Vulgar Display of Power,' it validated f--king 'Cowboys From Hell.' So it made people go, 'Oh... I get it now. This is the direction. This is the band. This is a solidification.' So it's not that I am looking forward to replicating any certain style for the next Illegals record, but it will be what it is, and I think that it could very well be... It could validate the first record. Maybe. If I feel like validating anything."
Asked about the goals he has set up for the remainder of his musical career, Phil replied (via Blabbermouth), "I have nothing left to prove except that I can make interesting music that some people will love, some people will loathe, but such is the way of the f--king beast.
"If you went around the world and you asked everyone, 'Hey, did you like Pantera?' there's gonna be millions that say, 'I've never even f--king heard of 'em or know,' So, Pantera, don't get me wrong, we sold millions of records, but it's to those million fans. And I've always said, Pantera fans are the f--king best, because without them, we'd be f--king zero," the singer concluded.
Anselmo and the Illegals' debut album, "Walk Through Exits Only," saw its release in July 2013 via Housecore Records.